Holiday Movie Watch List and Review Day 4 : December 22st 2010   Leave a comment

DAY FOUR : DECEMBER 22nd 2010

Hey Everybody,

This time of the year for me means constant consuming of movie content all day every day. Now those of you who know me might wonder how this differs from my daily life in any way. Regardless I use the holiday lull to catch up on what I may have missed or re watching my favorite classics, mostly on Blu-Ray this year which is a great joy for me. It’s like re living the first viewing of all my favorites and classics alike. I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday season and able to get into some good movies on your break.

  1. THREE COMPANY Season 3 Episode 16 “the catered affair” (original air February 6th 1979) & Episode 17 “the catered affair” (February 13th 1979) – Re-watching all the old shows from when I was a kid is an interesting experience. Finding some that hold up well and some that don’t. Three’s Company is as funny now as I found it so many years ago, reminding me a bit of the 50’s screwball comedies, classically American. By the third season the combo of John Ritter, Joyce Dewitt and Suzanne Somers had really hit their stride on camera, even if the behind the scenes of the show at this time were in complete turmoil between the main cast. It still plays great and the jokes are at their best, Ritter was really a genius far before his time, every time he falls over. steps on something wrong, bumps into a wall, pretty much any physical comedy he does sends me into great joyous laughter or at very least a good giggle. A good start to another great day  in video paradise.
  2. WKRP IN CINCINNATI Season 4 Episode 14 “Jennifer and Jonny’s charity”(original air February 3rd 1982) & Episode 15 “I’ll take romance”(original air February 17th 1982) – Another of my favorite comedy series and one that get better with time. Howard Hesseman is always show stealing as Dr. Johny Fever and the rest of the ensemble comedy cast consists of Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Jan Smithers, Richard Sanders and, Frank Bonner as Herb Tarlek, all employees at a down and out radio station in Cincinnati that switches to an all rock and roll format as a last ditch effort to save the station and make it profitable again.  If you haven’t seen the show in awhile you might want to revisit the quirky radio station for a few classic American laughs. I love it.
  3. 1979 ALIEN: DIRECTOR’S CUT Blu-Ray (2003) director Ridley Scott – “We ain’t outta here in ten minutes, we won’t need no rocket to fly through space.” It amazes me that the first Alien, even after over 200 viewings, only gets better with age. At 31 years old, it looks crisp, clean and moody as ever on the brilliant Blu-Ray transfer that Fox has graced us with this holiday season. I still maintain that this film is the best in the series (sorry Kruk, Aliens a very close second), it raised the level of the genre and cemented Ridley Scott as a forced to be reckoned with in the feature directing game (only his second feature). His eye is one of the best in the business for art direction details and it shows in High Def better than ever. Alien was one of the most perfectly art directed film in history, and still is. A stunning disc of a stunning film. Thank you Fox for filling my X-Mas with so much xenomorph love.
  4. THE FAMILY STONE (2005) director Thomas Bezucha – The first evenings feature follows an uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life. A stellar ensemble cast including Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney and Craig T Nelson in a heart warming “real type” American family holiday film. It’s much better than you think, you laugh, you cry, you think. Shit, it engaged my brain 10 times more than Transformers 2 did. Thinking for a half second, that’s not saying much, but really it is very good.
  5. ROBOT CHICKEN:STAR WARS (2007) director Seth Green – Emperor Palpatine: “What?… Oh, oh, “just rebuild it”? Oh, real fucking original. And who’s going to give me a loan, jackhole, you?… You got an ATM on that torso Lite-Brite? Now get your seven-foot-two asthmatic ass back here, or I’m going to tell everyone what a whiny bitch you were about Padama-may or Panda Bear or whatever the hell her name is!… ”
    [covers receiver]
    Emperor Palpatine: “Oh, jeez, he’s crying!”                                                                                             The perfect late night sushi dinner viewing. So so funny, loving me the Robot Chicken.
  6. BLACK SWAN (2010) director Darren Aronofsky – I always look forward to the next Aronofsky project. He’s one of the few director working today that I have an artistic crush on. Every film he makes I end up loving it far more than I had imagined going in. Black Swan is no different. I’ve heard a number of people simply dismiss this as a chick flick with a twist, telling me to make sure I bring my girlfriend so I’m not bored. Well I have news for all of you haters out there, My long time girlfriend Angela hated this shit, bored to death. I on the other hand, was quite taken with the visuals and pacing of the piece, I really enjoyed it and was quite engrossed. With out wrecking too much of the plot I would equate the feel and pacing of this picture with late 60’s early 70’s physiological thriller stuff like Rosemary’s Baby.  I feel that the real underlying theme of this movie that most will miss on the first viewing is the amount of pressure that artists put on themselves to excel at their craft and the way that the creative mind deals with this type of stress. A great film for any artist serious about their art. And so we end another great day of viewing films, many more videos to watch and two days left to find out what Santa will bring. Happy viewing.

TILL TOMORROW. STAY TUNED.

J.

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